Weekly Report

March 2011

March 29

Toronto, Canada: Light Middle: Adam Trupish (9-0) W KO 2 Rogerio Pereira (16-2). Light Welter: Andres Gorges (11-1) W PTS 8 DeMarcus Corley (37-17-1). Easy for Trupish. After a quiet first round he drops Brazilian at the start of the second and then puts him down for the count with a left hook. “A-Bomb” Trupish, 32, wins NABA title at light middle. Lowest weight of his pro career for Trupish who holds Canadian titles at middle and super middle. Champion Pereira has a well-padded record like most Brazilians. Gorges, 25, and born in Iraq, looks very lucky to get unpopular split verdict over veteran former WBO champ Corley. Scores 78-74 twice for Gorges and 75-77. The 36-year-old southpaw Corley looked to have edged it. Corley has now lost 6 of his last 7. San Jose, Costa Rica: Super Feather: Bryan Vazquez (23-0) W PTS 9 Santos Martinez (21-10-3). Local hero Vazquez wins unanimous verdict over experienced Nicaraguan in this fight for the WBA Fedebol title. His fast combination punching puts him in front, but Martinez presses him all the way. No knockdowns, but 23-year-old Vazquez wins on scores of 90-81 twice and 89.5-84.5.

March 25

Las Vegas, USA: Light Middle: Erislandy Lara (15-0-1) DREW 10 Carlos Molina (17-4-2). Middle: Yudel Jhonson (10-0) W TKO 7 Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1,1ND).Cruiser: Yunier Dorticos (12-0) W TKO 2 Jose Luis Herrera (16-11). Nasty shock for unbeaten Cuban Lara as he is lucky to get a draw with Molina. Lara lethargic and looking for a one punch finish after four first round wins in a row. Molina boxes smartly, keeping out of the way of Lara’s few southpaw bombs, and scoring well with fast combinations and uppercuts. Lara not throwing his usual combinations and allowing Molina to outwork him. Molina cut under right eye in ninth as Lara comes awake, but Molina holds his own over last two rounds. The judges save Lara’s unbeaten record as two of them had it a draw 95-95 with the third seeing Molina a clear winner on score of 97-93. The crowd loudly booed the scoring, also seeing Molina as the winner. Lara, 27, ridiculously second rated light middle with the WBA, will have to improve. Molina, 27 has never lost inside the distance, and drew and lost in two fights with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. A good fight between Cuban Jhonson and Colombian Gutierrez was spoiled by a premature stoppage. Jhonson had the edge, and in the seventh he caught Gutierrez with a hard southpaw right hook. Gutierrez backed to the ropes where Jhonson threw some more punches, which Gutierrez seemed to block, and the referee stopped the fight. Jhonson, 29, and a former Olympic silver and Pan American gold medal winner, who defected in 2009, has seven wins by KO/TKO. Gutierrez, 32, lost to Zaurbek Baysangurov for the vacant IBF light middle title in December. Dorticos, 25, floored Herrera in the second and the referee stopped the fight. Dorticos was a member of the Cuban team at both the 2005 and 2006 World Cup. Seven losses in a row now for Colombian Herrera. Mexicali, Mexico: Welter: Jorge Paez Jr (27-3-1,1ND) W PTS 10 Jose Luis Castillo (62-11-1). It was a case of the son gaining revenge for the father as Paez Jr won a unanimous decision over former WBC lightweight champion Castillo. Paez took over from the fourth against a Castillo, 37, who knew what to do, but has lost the ability to put it into practice. Paez had Castillo badly shaken in the eighth, but finally had to settle for a unanimous decision. Paez Senior, who had been the WBO and IBF featherweight champion in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, was kayoed in five rounds by Castillo in 1999. Sydney, Australia: Light Middle: Ryan Waters (21-3-2) W PTS 12 Gairy St Clair (42-11-2). Light Heavy: Zac Awad (16-1-1) W PTS 6 Joel Burke (14-20-2). Waters, 33, sets fast pace from the beginning and takes first three rounds. Suffers cut in fourth put continues to pressurise. The 36-year-old Guayanan veteran scoring with good counters but boxing on the retreat most of the time. Waters has a good eighth when he has St Clair hurt, and sweeps the late rounds with St Clair tiring. Scores 119-109, 118-110 and 118-114. Waters wins vacant WBA Pan African title. He already holds the WBO Asian Pacific and WBO Oriental titles, and his only loss in his last 22 fights was a stoppage against Anthony Mundine in September. St Clair, a former IBF super feather champion, who lost to Amir Khan for the Commonwealth lightweight title in 2008, had been inactive since December 2009, and has now lost four of his last five fights. “Shaker” Awad, 29, given a rough night by brawler Bourke, 35, but does the cleaner work and just edges a majority verdict on scores of 59-55, 59-56 and 58-58.Bourke has won only two of his last twelve, but in the past has had three shots at Australian titles. General Villegas, Argentina: Light Welter: Claudio Olmedo (21-3,1ND) W TKO 7 Guillermo de Jesus Paz (19-21-3,1ND). Middle: Jorge Heiland (17-2) W KO 2 Ruben Silva Diaz (37-19-4). “El Pumito” outclasses limited Paz in revenge fight and goes 2-1 ahead in their series, as he scores four knockdowns before the towel comes in from the corner of Paz. Olmedo regains WBC Latino and wins interim South America titles. Olmedo had beaten Paz last June and lost a split decision to him in August. Southpaw Heiland bounces back from two successive defeats with kayo of Uruguayan. “The Gaucho from Pigue”, 24, had lost to Sebastian Zbik for the WBC interim title and to Colombian Nelson Tapia in a WBA eliminator. Diaz, 33, lost on points to Zbik on points back in 2007. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Super Middle: Mike Oliveira (14-0) W PTS 10 Abel Nicolas Adriel (10-0-2). In his homecoming bout 20-year-old Brazilian prospect Oliveira too strong for clever but light punching 21-year-old Argentinian. When he works “The Chairman of The Board” scores well with strong jab and right crosses, but at times does not take the fight seriously and does some showboating. Still good enough to get the unanimous verdict on scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93. Georgetown, Guyana: Light Heavy: Kwesi Jones (6-1) W TKO 5 Leon Gilks (6-15-3). A body attack and sharp uppercuts saw Jones halt very late sub Gilks. Jones was to have fought veteran Howard Eastman in a return at super middleweight, but Eastman failed to make the weight of 168lbs on Friday, so Gilks stepped in, but the fight went on for the Guyanese light heavy title. Tijuana, Mexico: Light: Misael Castillo (20-0) W TKO 1 Francisco Dianzo (21-8).No contest as prospect Castillo jumps on veteran Dianzo from the bell and has him pinned on the ropes and taking heavy punchisment when the referee stops the fight after just 95 seconds. Castillo now has 18 wins by KO/TKO, including a stoppage of fellow prospect Abraham Barrera and eight of those wins have come in the first round. Dianzo, 39, had been a top flight performer, but this was only his second fight after taking almost five years out. Mexico City, Mexico: Straw: Ganigan Lopez (17-4) W KO 2 Miguel Tellez (20-15-1). A right uppercut from Lopez ends this one in the second. The 29-year-old southpaw retains WBC Silver Belt for second time with his tenth win by KO/TKO. Nicaraguan Tellez now only two wins in his last twelve. Commerce, USA: Light Middle: Roberto Garcia (29-3) WPTS 8 Jose Alfredo Flores (45-11,1ND). Important win for 30-year-old Garcia after losing to Antonio Margarito last May. Veteran Flores made the better start, but the aggression and work rate of Garcia built a lead. He cemented it with a knockdown in the sixth and held off a strong finish from Flores. Scores 80-71, 78-73 and 77-74. La Amenaza’s record has been mainly built on the poor Texas circuit, but this was a more notable achievement. This was the third comeback fight for 38-year-old “Shibata” after a seven year break. Flores lost to Fernando Vargas for the WBA title in 2001. Fairfield, USA: Super Feather: Alejandro Perez (15-2-1) W KO 1Antonio Escalante (24-4). Perez pulls off a shock win with one big right hand counter, which puts favoured Escalante down at the end of the first round. Referee starts count but after getting to four and looking at dazed Escalante waives it over with three seconds left in the round. First fight for 24-year-old Perez since losing to Rico Ramos in November 2009. Escalante, 25, had beaten Miguel Roman, Gary Stark, Mike Oliver and Cornelius Lock, but lost the big one in September who he was kayoed in three rounds by Daniel Ponce De Leon in a WBO eliminator at featherweight. Ontario, USA: Super Bantam: Efrain Esquivias (13-0) W TKO 3 John Alberto Molina (28-16-3). Impressive win by Esquivias. After probably just edging the first two rounds against the aggressive Colombian veteran, a solid body shot from Esquivias puts Molina down. He gets up but is in no condition to continue. The 2006 National Golden Gloves champion wins the vacant WBA Fedlatin title and makes it nine by KO/TKO. Molina, 33, who started out as a strawweight, has won only two of his last eleven. River Grove, USA: Middle: Osumanu Adama (19-2) W TKO 4 Marcus Upshaw (13-5-1,1ND). Light Middle: Joey Hernandez (18-1-1) W DIS 8 Angel Hernandez (30-10). Giving away height and reach to his 6’3” opponent, Ghanaian Adama, 30, works the body and gives Upshaw no opportunity to use his advantages. Finally going upstairs, Adama lands a big left hook which puts Upshaw on the floor. He beats the count but is in no condition to continue. Adama captures IBO Inter-Continental title and gets needed win after defeat by Dyah Davis and controversial loss to Don George. Upshaw had beaten Canadian Renan St Juste in May. A rough fight ended with a minor riot. Mexican Angel H, 35, takes first round, but is dropped by right in second. Angel loses a point in third for hitting on the break. “Twinkle Fingers” Joey H, 26, takes fourth and fifth but a clash of heads sees both fighters cut. Angel gets on top, but gets a warning for low blows. Another low shot in the eighth sees southpaw Joey given time to recover, but after the bell Angel throws more punches at Joey and is disqualified. As Joey is celebrating Angel charges across the ring and lands another punch. That brings both sets of corner men into the ring and spectators start fighting and throwing objects until security regains control. Joey wins vacant USBA title.

March 26

Atlantic City, USA: Feather: Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0) W TKO 4 Jorge Solis (40-3-2,1ND). Super Bantam: Teon Kennedy (17-0-1) W PTS 12 Jorge Diaz (15-1). Feather: Miguel Angel Garcia (25-0) W TKO 10 Matt Remillard (23-1). Fearsome display by brilliant Cuban. The experienced Solis just could not deal with the hand speed and punching power of Gamboa. “El Ciclon” took the first round with that speed, and then added the power in the second as he floored Solis twice. Gamboa added some body punches to the show in the third, and floored his Mexican challenger again at the end of the round with a great one-two. A right dropped 31-year-old Solis at the start of the fourth, and after another knockdown the referee stopped the fight. Gamboa, 29, has 16 by KO/TKO. He retains the WBA super/secondary titles, but lost his IBF title as, although making the weight at the formal weigh-in, he failed to take the second mandatory weigh-in. Solis, who was WBA interim champ, was having his second shot at the IBF title. Kennedy first outboxes and then outpunches Diaz. The New Jersey fighter tries to make it a brawl from the start and shakes Kennedy with rights in the first. Kennedy gets his jab working and then changes the pattern of the fight as he drops Diaz, 23, with a left in the third. Kennedy, 24, scored another knockdown and almost ended the fight, but Diaz survived and fought back hard over the later rounds. Clear win for Kennedy on scores of 118-109, 117-109 and 115-111 as he retains his USBA title. Garcia wins this battle of unbeaten fighters in impressive style. His consistent pressure, high work rate, and body attack give 24-year-old Remillard no chance to get into the fight. Garcia well ahead when he floors Remillard twice in the ninth. Another knockdown in the tenth sees Remillard’s corner pull their man out at the end of the round. Now 21 wins by KO/TKO for “Mikey” who wins NABF and USBA titles and is rated No 1 challenger for the now IBF title. Ekaterinburg, Russia: Middle: Dmitry Pirog (18-0) W PTS 12 Javier Fco. Maciel (18-2). Light: Alisher Rahimov (22-1) W PTS 12 Rustam Nugaev (21-6-1). Cruiser: Isa Akberbayev (7-0) W TKO 2 Pascal Ndomba (9-3-2). Welter: Felix Diaz (9-0) W TKO 3 Andrey Berdyshev (5-1-1). Heavy: Vyacheslav Glazkov (9-0) W PTS 8 Denis Bakhtov (33-5). Unimpressive WBO title defence by Pirog. Modest 26-year-old Argentinian gives Pirog more trouble than expected with his high, tight guard and makes a good start. Pirog, switching guard often, then sweeps the rest of the early rounds but was rocked in the eighth. Pirog dominates rounds nine to twelve, but loses a point in tenth for use of the shoulder. Never having really hurt Maciel, Pirog has to settle for unanimous verdict on scores of 117-110, 115-111 and 115-112. First defence for 30-year-old Russian of title he won with upset stoppage of Daniel Jacobs in July. “La Bestia” Maciel’s first fight outside Argentina. Uzbek’s Rahimov wins vacant interim WBO Asia Pacific title with unanimous points victory over Californian-based Russian Nugaev in great little fight. Mostly fought at close quarters this was a real battle with Rahimov’s uppercut, his best punch, against an equally aggressive Nugaev. Rahimov deserving winner, but scores of 118-112, 118-113 and 116-112 looked harsh on Nugaev. “Bumblebee” Akberbayev too big, 6’3”, and strong, for limited Tanzanian. After waiting out initial flurry from Ndomba, Kazak-born Akberbayev, 27, goes to work in second and although no knockdown, Ndomba just gives up, and referee stops the fight. Akberbayev wins vacant WBA Asian Council title-against an African! Dominican Olympic gold medalist Diaz, 27 continues his winning ways as he floors Berdyshev with a southpaw left and halts previously unbeaten Kazak-born Russian. Stoppage looked a little early, but this Berdyshev’s first fight since April 2009. Ukrainian Glazkov, 26, passes his toughest test as he boxes his way to a wide unanimous verdict over experienced Bakhtov. Glazkov used his advantages in height and reach to box at a distance against the cruder Russian. Apart from a rocky time in rounds five and six, when he seemed to tire, Glazkov won all the way, and finished strongly as Bakhtov tired. Glazkov lost to Odlanier Solis in the finals of the World Championships, and had to settle for a bronze medal in Beijing after having to retire with an injury. Scores 80-72 from all three officials. It was Bakhtov’s first fight for a year, but he had lost only one of his last 14. Johannesburg, South Africa: Super Bantam: Takalani Ndlovu (32-6) W PTS 12 Steve Molitor (33-2). Fly: Moruti Mthalane (27-2) W TKO 5 Johnriel Casimero (14-2). Light: Thompson Mokwana (12-4) W TKO 7 Pat Malinga (27-7-2). Third time does it for South African Ndlovu. After losing to Canadian Molitor twice in title shots, once on a stoppage, “Panther” Ndlovu, 33, wins a clear unanimous decision to lift the IBF title. Making good use of his advantages in height and reach, Ndlovu was usually first to the punch and kept the champion on the back foot for most of the fight. He hurt Molitor in the second and sixth rounds and scored well throughout the fight with his jab. Southpaw Molitor, 30, was never really able to establish any real control in the fight, and by the end looked the loser with cuts over both eyes and a swelling and some lumps on other parts of his face. Ndlovu harshly lost a point in the sixth for a low blow. The scores for Ndlovu 118-110 twice and 116-112. Mthalane wins a war as he proves too strong for former WBO interim champion Casimero, but Filipino seemed to quit without really being hurt. Both fighters were looking for an early win and exchanging bombs from the start. The strength and punching power of the IBF champion put him in front and he was scoring well with his right uppercut. Suddenly Casimero seemed to be tiring in the fifth and after a good combination from Mthalane Casimero just quit. He had complained of sore ribs at the end of the third round, but seemed okay in the fourth. Second defence for 28-year-old Mthalane, and his only loss in his last 13 fights was on a cut against Nonito Donaire. Casimero, 21, had massacred Cesar Canchilla for the interim title, and Canchilla had beaten Giovani Segura, and Casimero only lost his interim title to Ramon Garcia on a split verdict in his last fight. Upset as unsung Mokwana halts experienced national champion Malinga. “The Hammer” was making his fourth defence of the South African title, but at 34 perhaps time has caught up with Malinga. Wigan, England: Welter: Denton Vassell (17-0) W PTS 12 Bethuel Ushona (23-0). Cruiser: Matty Askin (10-0) W TKO 6 Neil Dawson (9-1). Nothing fancy here from Vassell as he storms forward from the start, ignoring his jab and throwing hooks and swings. Ushona scores well with right hands, but forced to box on the defensive and being outworked by the aggressive and busier champion. Body punches slowed the previously unbeaten Namibian 29-year-old in the late rounds and Vassell, 26, won a deserved unanimous decision on scores of 118-111, 117-112 and 117-113. Vassell retains Commonwealth title in his first defence. “Assassin” Askin remains unbeaten as he lands big right on Dawson in sixth and has him out on his feet as referee stops the fight. Now six by KO/TKO for 22-year-old Askin who wins vacant Midland’s area title. Hamburg, Germany: Heavy: Alex Dimitrenko (31-1) W KO 12 Albert Sosnowski (46-4-1). Feather: Marcel Meyerdiercks (19-0) W PTS 8 Andrey Kostin (20-17). Cruiser: Rakhim Chakhkiev (9-0) W TKO 1 Alex Mogylewski (12-6). Sosnowski makes the better start taking the fight to the taller Ukrainian in the first two rounds. By the third the 6’7” tall Dimitrenko, 28, started to time the Poles lunges and made him pay with some hard counters. Sosnowski took punishment from the jabs and uppercuts of Dimitrenko in the fifth and was badly shaken at the end of the sixth. Sosnowski was hurt again in the seventh but fought back until the final round. In the twelfth an uppercut from Dimitrenko flattened Sosnowski and it was all over. First defence of his European title for Dimitrenko and win No 20 by KO/TKO. British-based Pole Sosnowski, 32, gave up the European title to challenge Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title in May, but was kayoed in ten rounds. These two were to have fought for the vacant European title last year, but Dimitrenko fainted in the dressing room and it was cancelled. Meyerdiercks remains unbeaten, but again shows lack of punching power in outpointing Russian Kostin, who has lost his last seven fights. “The Machine” Chakhkiev makes it seven by KO/TKO with early stoppage of Ukrainian. Southpaw Chakhkiev, 28, was World Military champion, won a silver medal in the World championships, and beat his conqueror Clemente Russo for the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics Chaco, Argentina: Cesar Cuenca (40-0,2ND) W PTS 8 Juan Jose Dias (11-10-4). Light: Vicente Rodriguez (32-2-1) W TKO 3 Ramon Munoz (9-11-2).Southpaw Cuenca, 30, remains unbeaten in unimpressive win over Dias. “The Different” Cuenca’ s speed and movement too much for limited Dias, but plenty of clinching spoiled the fight as a spectacle. Cuello wins on scores of 80-77, 80-78 and 79-78. Interim Argentinian super featherweight champ Rodriguez extends current unbeaten run to twelve as he floors and halts Munoz in routine payday. Sydney, Australia: Super Middle: Shannan Taylor (51-9-3) W PTS 12 Tim Kanofski (11-5). Easy win for “Bulli Blaster” Taylor, 38, who has height, reach and better skills than game Kanofski. Taylor dominates all the way and wins on scores of 119-110, 119-111 and 117-111 to retain his IBF Pan Pacific title. The experienced Aussie lost to Shane Mosley and Arthur Abraham in title shots and to Richard Williams for the Commonwealth and IBO titles in 2001. Kanofski has lost three of his last five now. Xalapa, Mexico: Bantam: Leo Santa Cruz (15-0-1) W KO 6 Stephane Jamoye (20-3) . Super Middle: Marco Antonio Periban (12-0) W KO 1 Alfredo Mejia . Super Fly: Jose Salgado (24-1) W TKO 3 Everardo Morales (34-16-2,1ND). Californian-based Mexican Cruz wins tough battle with Belgian Jamoye. These two mixed it from the first bell, but Cruz was the stronger and harder puncher. Jamoye,21, never really got his boxing going and was well behind when a body punch in the sixth put him down, and he was counted out. Cruz, 22, wins vacant WBC Youth title and has won his last six by KO/TKO. All three of Jamoye’s losses have been on the road, having lost to Japanese Tomoki Kameda in Mexico and for the European title against Jamie McDonnell in England. Poor mismatch sees heavy hitting prospect Periban 26, finish late sub Mejia with a body shot in just 105 seconds. Now four first round wins in a row for Mexican prospect and nine in all by KO/TKO. Salgado, 21, wins vacant NABF title with impressive stoppage of experienced Morales in bloody battle. Both fighters cut early, Salgado on the right eyelid and Morales by the right eye. Salgado the stronger fighter and badly shakes Morales and then is scoring heavily when the referee stops the fight. “Sugar” now has 21 wins by KO/TKO. “El Zihua” Morales lost to Hugo Cazares for the WBA title in seven rounds last fight in July, has also had three other title shots, the first way back in 1997. Angono, Philippines: Straw: Denver Cuello (26-4-6) W TKO 9 Samartlek (4-). No knockdowns, but southpaw “The Excitement” Cuello hands out a one-sided beating to limited Thai. After a slow start, from the fourth to the eighth it was all Cuello. In the ninth a furious attack was enough and the referee stopped the fight. The 24-year-old Cuello, WBC International champion, and rated No 7 by the WBO, has lost only once, on a disqualification, in his last 21 fights. Nogionsk, Russia: Light Welter: Aslanbek Kozaev (16-0) W PTS 12 James Onyango (6-3-1). Welter: Anton Novikov (21-0) W TKO 4 Somchai Nakbalee (12-11-1). Kozaev,23, wins vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council with unanimous verdict over Kenyan. Southpaw Novikov, also 23, gets easy stoppage of limited Thai Kempton Park, South Africa: Super Middle: Thomas Oosthuizen (12-0-1) W TKO 9 Evert Bravo (15-2-1). Super Bantam: Tshifhiwa Munyai (21-2-1) W PTS 12 Danilo Pena (22-9-2). Light Heavy: Isaac Chilemba (17-1-1) W PTS 12 Vikapita Meroro (20-2). Super Feather: Sipho Taliwe (13-2-1) W PTS 12 Vivino Rufino (29-13-3 ). Heavy: Flo Simba (10-0) W KO 1 Fernando Simoes de Almeida (8-1). The 6’4” tall southpaw Oosthuizen just too big ,too strong and too fast for Colombian Bravo and even finds time to do some showboating on his way to stoppage. Colombian lives up to his name as he keeps coming forward, but suffers heavy punishment all the way. Almost put away in the fourth, he lasts out until the ninth when the referee stops the one-sided match. “Tommy Gun” wins the vacant IBO title at the second attempt (he drew with Isaac Chilemba for the same title in November) and has nine wins by KO/TKO. Bravo not as good as his record might indicate as his wins were all at home in Colombia. The “Atomic Spider” Munyai, 25, easily outboxes crude and awkward Filipino southpaw Pena, scores heavily throughout and wins vacant IBO title. Scores 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. The former Commonwealth champion bounces back from very controversial loss to Mexican Christian Esquival. In Britain Munyai beat Martin Power twice and Lee Haskins, all inside the distance. Chilamba, 23, wins vacant WBC International title with win over useful Namibian Meroro. After slow start Chilamba has Meroro in trouble in third and sixth rounds and, with the Namibian cut, comes close to finishing it in each of the last two rounds. Meroro shows durability to be there at the end. Scores 119-110, 118-112 and 117-111. The 23-year-old from Malawi has been in some tough matches with his previous four opponents all having been unbeaten, including Oosthuizen and Russian prospect Max Vlasov. Chilamba makes the No 4 rating of Meroro by the WBO look ridiculous. Explosive start to the fight sees Filipino Rufino down twice in the first round and Taliwe down in the third. From then on Taliwe was boxing and southpaw Rufino hunting a kayo, and ignoring defence. The fight turned into a brawl in the late stages, but ”Tsunami” Taliwe,30, took the split decision and retained his WBC International title, but the judges all see a different fight as the scores of 116-110, 113-112 in favour of Taliwe and 115-111 for Rufino. Now nine wins in a row for Taliwe who had beaten Rufino on a majority verdict in November. Bit of rubbish as Congolese prospect Simba floors obscure Brazilian twice and halts him in 55 seconds. Now nine by KO/TKO for “Demolition Man”, but deserves better opposition than this farce.

March 27

Mashinostroitel, Russia: Bantam: Alex Bakhtin (26-0) W PTS 10 Mbwana Matumla(19-6,1ND). IBF No 4 Sasha Bakhtin, 29, in his first fight for 13 months, takes unanimous verdict over Tanzanian Matumla. Bakhtin has never really got his career back on track after being stripped off his Japanese title for being involved in a street fight in 2006. Matumla, 35, has only ever lost on the road and to world class opposition. La Londe-les-Maures, France: Cruiser: Faisal Ibnel Arrami (13-2) W KO 9 Zakaria Azzouzi (12-2-2). Arrami, 26, has Azzouzi in trouble in round one and then remains in control. Scores another knockdown in fifth and puts Azzouzi face down in ninth with the loser taking a few minutes to recover. Arrami “The African King” makes it nine by KO/TKO and wins vacant French title. Aichi, Japan: Super Bantam: Hiromasa Ohashi (24-9-3) W PTS 12 (9-3-1). Tough fight between two guys who both liked to brawl and fight on the inside. Both tiring at the end and a good last round by Ohashi just swung the split decision his way. Scores 117-111, 115-113 and 114-115. Ohashi regains OPBF title that he lost to now WBA champion Akifumi Shimoda last March, his only loss in his last 13 fights.

March 18

Hollywood, USA: Welter: Brad Solomon (17-0) W PTS 10 Demetrius Hopkins (30-2-1). Heavyweight: Cedric Boswell (34-1) W PTS 10 Oliver McCall (55-11,2ND). Super Bantam: Yan Barthelemy (12-2) W PTS 10 Francis Ruiz (9-4,1ND). Disappointing fight, but important win for 27-year-old Solomon, as he overcomes a slow start to outwork the former WBO light welter challenger. After first three rounds Hopkins, 30, hardly in the fight as stylish boxing and good combinations from Solomon see him take the middle rounds. As the pace drops he continues to pick-up the points and Hopkins fades. Solomon, retained the WBA International title, and is already rated No1 by the WBA. He wins on scores of 97-93 twice and 99-91, but there are still some rough edges. Difficult to see where Hopkins goes from here. Boswell wins a comfortable points verdict over a too heavy former WBC champion McCall. Detroiter Boswell just too mobile and too busy and wins on scores of 99-91, 99-92 and 98-92. Boswell, 41, has been a pro since 1994, and his only loss was a stoppage by Jameel McCline in 2003, but he has not progressed at all. Now 45, McCall, who won the WBC title with an upset stoppage of Lennox Lewis and lost it to Frank Bruno, weighed 259lbs and was only able to plod after Boswell. Cuban southpaw Barthelemy, 31, too good for sub Ruiz. The former Olympic gold medalist’s fast, accurate punching and busy style sees him to a wide unanimous decision including a knockdown in the fifth round. Scores 100-89, 98-91 and 97-92. Barthelemy defected in 2006 along with Yuriorkis Gamboa and Odlanier Solis, but has struggled as a pro. Costa Mesa, USA: Super Middle: James Kirkland (27-0) W KO 2 Jhon Berrio (15-9).Light Welter: Luis Ramos (18-0) W PTS 8 Jose Hernandez (10-5-1). Light: Francisco Contreras (16-0) W PTS Adolfo Landeros (20-18-1). Colombian Berrio makes a fight of it for the first round, but then a body shot from 27-year-old southpaw Kirkland discourages him and a follow-up attack sees Berrio down on his knees from a punch that just seemed to graze him, and he was counted out. Second win for Kirkland since his release from a spell in jail which cost him two years out of his career. Kirkland has 24 wins by KO/TKO but looked over anxious and both wild and wide open at times. Berrio has lost five of his last seven and has never won a fight outside of Colombia. Southpaw Ramos just could not get to grips with the taller, clever, hard punching Hernandez, and although he rocked Hernandez in the second, he in turn was also rocked by the brawling 24-year-old Texan. Hernandez, 24, looked to have just done enough to win, but the judges gave it to Ramos on a majority verdict with scores of 79-73, 77-75 and 76-76.Second bad break in succession for Hernandez, who looked unlucky to only get a draw with unbeaten Mickey Bey last month. A tough learning fight for Ramos. Despite having won 13 of his fights by KO/TKO, nine in the first round, Dominican Contreras finds Mexican Landeros a tough and durable opponent and has to settle for a unanimous points win. Landeros has won only one of his last eleven. Nonthaburi, Thailand: Super Feather: Fahsai (32-2) W TKO 8 Julio de la Basez (18-18-5). Fahsai, 29, has easy time with game Indonesian. Has too much speed and power and wins every round before the referee saves de la Basez in eighth. Fourth defence of IBF Pan Pacific title for Fahsai. Despite his impressive looking credentials “Mountain Boy” is not rated by any of the sanctioning bodies. The Indonesian, who started as a strawweight, has visited Thailand eight times, and lost eight times. Mexico City, Mexico: Super Feather: Dante Jardon (16-1) W TKO 1 Humberto Martinez (20-6-1). “Crazy” strikes again. The streaking Jardon scores two knockdowns with right hands and halts Martinez in 104 seconds to win the vacant WBC and WBO Latino titles. Recent wins over David Rodela and world rated Rene Gonzalez have taken Jardon to No 7 in the WBC ratings. He has won his last 15 fights, has 14 wins by KO/TKO and seven of those have come in the first round. Colombian Martinez, 27, has been in with some good opposition such as former world champions Jorge Linares and Rudy Lopez, and Jordan put him quicker than either of those champions. Clermont-Ferrand, France: Super Middle: Hugo Kasperski (16-1) W TKO 1 Milton Nunez (22-3-1). Welter: Ismael El Massoudi (34-3) W PTS 6 Albert Starikov (15-14-1).Kasperski delights his hometown fans as he destroys Colombian Nunez in two minutes. A superb left puts Nunez down and he is counted out. Kasperski, 23, retains the WBC Youth title and wins vacant WBO title with his twelfth win by KO/TKO. Nunez had been kayoed in 58 seconds for the interim WBA title in August, and has never won a fight outside of Colombia. E Massoudi wins comfortable decision over Russian-born Estonian. El Massoudi, a former French light welterweight champion, is African Boxing Union champion now. Sunshine, Australia: Light Middle: Heath Ellis (14-2-1) W KO 2 Yodmongkol (11-10-1). Super Bantam: Daniel Iannazzo (19-1) W PTS 6 Sirichai (10-4). Ellis continues his rebuilding as he flattens crude Thai in the third and wins the WBC Asian Continental title. Second win for the 22-year-old nephew of “Master Blaster “ Lester Ellis, the former IBF super featherweight champion, since crushing kayo loss to Steve Maxwell in April last year. “Baby Face” Iannazzo, 22, also rebuilding and takes comfortable points win over modest Thai. Second win for Iannazzo since losing unbeaten record against Filipino Alan Jay Tuniacao last July. Richmond, Australia: Feather: Joel Brunker (18-0) W TKO 4 Marangin Marbun (20-8-1).Australian champion Brunker, 25, wins interim WBO Orient title with stoppage of Indonesian. A 2004 Olympian, Brunker has twelve wins by KO/TKO. Marbun now lost three of his last four. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Heavy: George Arias (49-11) W TKO 2 Lisandro Diaz (19-11-1). Arias, 36, destroy Argentinian Diaz in two rounds. The Brazilian scored heavily in the first and then really opened up in the second. After shaking Diaz with punches to the body, a right cross split open a gash in the nose of Diaz. The referee examined the wound but said the fight could continue. Diaz went for broke throwing wild punches, but Arias waited out the storm and then scored with a succession of hard hooks to face and body and with Diaz not fighting back and badly cut over his left eyebrow the towel came flying in. Arias, 33, retained the South American title. The Brazilian lost to Johnny Nelson for the WBO cruiser title in 2001 and on points to Audley Harrison in 2008. Ensenada, Mexico: Light: Antonio Cervantes (16-5-5) W PTS 12 Reyes Velasquez (9-1-2). Super Middle: Juan Carlos Virgen (17-1-1) W TKO 5 Paul Rodriguez (11-7-4). Middle: Orlando Lora (27-1-1) W TKO 2 Joel Juarez (27-14-1). A hard-fought, close battle saw both fighters willing to stand toe-to-toe and exchange bombs. The greater experience of “Bazooka” Cervantes, 33, told as he put in a late surge to win the unanimous decision on scores of 117-111, 116-113 and 118-115 and retained his WBC Fecarbox title. Virgen gets a needed win as Rodriguez is pulled out with a bad cut on his right eyelid. Lora returns after eleven months out and floors and halts experienced Juarez in two. Lora, 29, had his unbeaten streak of 27 fights ended last April by David Estrada. Any fight featuring Juarez, 32, rarely goes the distance and 37 of his 42 have ended early. Good punch, no chin. Gillingham, England: Heavy: Tom Dallas (14-0) W KO3 Gabor Farkas (5-14-5). Local boy Dallas, 25, makes it eleven by KO/TKO as he overpowers 33-year-old Farkas. Both fighters are 6’6” tall, but there the resemblance ends. Dallas was too strong and hit too hard. He hurt the Hungarian with body punches and a volley of shots in the third saw Farkas crumble. London, England: Light Welter: Darren Hamilton (8-1) W TKO 8 Peter McDonagh (16-20). Welter: Adil Anwar (11-1) W TKO 10 Nat Graham (11-2). Favourite McDonagh never really gets untracked. Bristol’s Hamilton, 32, in charge from the first as he finds McDonagh an easy target for some sharp combinations. By the seventh round McDonagh, 33, getting caught with jabs and his left eye closing. He is shaken in the eighth and having trouble seeing Hamilton’s punches, and his corner pull him out. Hamilton wins Southern Area title. “Platinum Kid” Anwar, 23, makes it nine wins in a row as he uses his height advantage to pick-off game southpaw Graham. The charging-in Graham open for counters and floored four times before the referee halts in finally in the tenth. Phoenix, USA: Jesus Gonzales (26-1) W PTS 12 Dhafir Smith (24-20-7). Gonzales collects wide, unanimous verdict over Smith. The 26-year-old southpaw outboxes Smith and scores repeatedly with right jab, straight left combinations and dominates from bell to bell. Scores 118-109 twice and 119-108. Gonzales wins vacant IBF North American title and his seconds wins after two years away. Smith was unbeaten in five, including a win over Jeff Lacy. Royal Oak, USA: Super Middle: Darryl Cunningham (23-2) W PTS 8 Marcos Primera (20-24-2). Mark-time fight for southpaw Cunningham as he wins comfortable points victory over a washed-up Primera. Cunningham, 36, was shaken briefly in the eighth, but other than that it was really target practice, and the experienced Venezuelan concentrates on survival. Cunningham has won his last 16 including victories over veterans Antwun Echols and Ruben Williams. Primera has lost his last nine.

March 19

Cologne, Germany: Heavy: Vitali Klitschko (42-2) W KO 1 Odlanier Solis (17-1). Cruiser: Ola Afolabi (16-2-3) W TKO 5 Lubos Suda (23-5-1). Heavy: Nuri Seferi (30-6) W PTS 8 Jozsef Nagy (24-10). Welter: Stefan Worth (10-1-1) W PTS 8 Ferenc Zold (11-4,1ND). Heavy: Mike Sprott (35-15) W PTS 4 Serdar Uysal (13-12-2). All over inside three minutes. Cuban Solis starts well throwing some quick combinations, but then Klitschko gets on the front foot and begins to find the Cuban with his jab and had him retreating. As Solis moved forward, a mild, cuffing right to the temple from Klitschko sees Solis backing up and then awkwardly going down. A bewildered Klitschko cannot believe Solis has gone down from the light punch, but it is obvious as the count is ongoing and as he struggles to pull himself up by the ropes that Solis has injured his right knee. Having been counted out, he needs help to get back to the corner, whilst an angry Klitschko remonstrates with him for going down so easily. Solis said it was the knee injury that caused him to fall and be unable to continue, and the hospital later confirmed that he had suffered a serious knee injury which would require surgery, and his team admitted that in fact he had existing problems with the knee before going into the fight, but did not want to let the chance go by. Sixth defence of WBC title for 39-year-old Klitschko and win No 39 by KO/TKO. Solis, 30, had got himself into some condition with his weight down to 247lbs, but the knee injury made it irrelevant. Rest of the show nothing much. Londoner Afolabi gets his second win since an unsuccessful challenge to Marco Huck in December 2009 as experienced Czech Suda is halted due to a bad cut. Albanian Seferi wins a unanimous verdict over Hungarian Nagy, who used to be a middleweight, and now weighs 202lbs, which tells its own tale. Prospect Wroth and veteran Sprott also score points wins over poor opposition. Montreal, Canada: Super Middle: Lucien Bute (28-0) W TKO 10 Brian Magee (34-4-1). Middle: Vanes Martirosyan (29-0) W KO 2 Vladimir Hernandez (18-5). Super Feather: Benoit Gaudet (24-2) W T DEC 6 Adrian Verdugo (17-4-1). Super Feather: Viorel Simion (13-0) W PTS 8 Pedro Navarette (26-11-3). Light Welter: Pier Olivier Cote (15-0) W TKO 1 Mike Lozada (37-8-1). Bantam: Sebastien Gauthier (20-2) W KO 2 Jovanny Soto (31-10-1). After three fairly even rounds Romanian Bute takes over in this all-southpaw battle. Bute began to dominate from the fourth and scored knockdowns with body punches in the sixth and seventh. As Magee tired Bute looked for the finish and found it in the tenth when he floored Magee with an uppercut, and the referee stopped the fight. Seventh defence of his IBF title for Bute and 23 of his wins have come by KO/TKO. It was only the second time that Magee had been stopped; the other time was a kayo in eleven rounds by Carl Froch in 2006. Ruthless display from “Nightmare” Martirosyan. Hurts and shakes Mexican in first and then wraps it up in the second with a left hook and a finishing right. WBO No 1 Martirosyan now has 18 by KO/TKO, but fourth loss inside the distance in a row for Hernandez. Gaudet given a tough night by Verdugo. Takes first three rounds but has a rocky fourth. A clash of heads sees Gaudet cut badly over the left eye and the bout goes to the scorecards. Gaudet, 31, wins on scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56. Guadet’s only loss in his last 18 was to Humberto Soto for the WBC super feather title in May 2009. Verdugo’s third loss in three tries in Canada. Former amateur star Simion, 29, has to climb off the floor twice in the second round to overcome experienced Mexican Navarette. Rights from Mexican put the Romanian down, but he recovered quickly and scored a knockdown of his own in the sixth. His better boxing helped him take a split decision, despite losing a point in the sixth for hitting Navarette behind the head. Scores 76-72, 75-73 and 74-75.Cote, 26, catches former WBA super feather challenger Lozada early and then puts him down three times for automatic stoppage to make it ten wins by KO/TKO. Spectacular kayo win for Gauthier as he floors Soto at the end of the first and then flattens him with a tremendous right in the second. Dublin, Ireland: Super Bantam: Memo Rigondeaux (8-0) W TKO 1 Will Casey (11-1). Middle: Anthony Fitzgerald (12-2,1ND) WTKO 5 Affif Belghecham (19-7-1). Cruiser: Ian Tims (9-0) W PTS 10 Mike Sweeney (9-2-1).Massacre in Dublin as former double Olympic gold medalist destroys Casey inside a round. Right at the beginning Rigondeaux hurt Casey with a tremendous body punch. With Casey badly hurt the 30-year-old Cuban southpaw then floored him with a left. Casey went down on one knee and although he did not seem too badly hurt at that point. However, a pair of crashing hooks to the side of the head put Casey down again. He got up and tried to show some resistance but was caught with another hard punch, and as he was going down again the referee stopped the fight. First defence of his interim WBA title for “The Jackal”. Casey, also a southpaw was never given a chance to get into the fight. Fitzgerald, 25, wins vacant WBA version of a European title with controversial stoppage of Frenchman Belghecham, who was mad enough at the stoppage to get into a pushing match with the referee. Useful win for Fitzgerald as former European Union and French champion Belghecham, 36, had given Darren Barker a good fight for the vacant EBU title last April and gone the distance with Andy Lee. Tims just edges out Sweeney to win vacant Irish title. The referee scored it 97-95. San Pedro Colula, Mexico: Light Fly: Roman Gonzalez (28-0) W PTS 12 Manuel Vargas (29-8-1). Light Welter: Ric Dominguez (33-7-2) W PTS 10 Luis Antonio Arceo (23-11-3).”Chocolatito” too good for challenger Vargas. His left jab takes him in front in the first three rounds. Vargas, the aggressor, has a good fourth and finishes strongly, but in between the classy 23-year-old Nicaraguan dominates and Vargas is cut and battered at the end. Two scores surprisingly close at 116-112 but third sees Gonzalez winning by 119-109. Gonzalez, going the distance for only the fifth time, retains WBA title and is looking to fight the winner of the April 2 fight between Giovani Segura and Ivan Calderon. “Chango” Vargas, 29, a former interim WBO strawweight champion, has lost 5 of his last 8, but all to champions. Good ten round scrap sees 25-year-old Dominguez just edge out Arceo on a split decision. A left from Dominguez put Arceo down in the third, but “ El Vampiro” came back into the fight and seemed to even things up with strong rounds from seven to nine. Dominguez produced the better work in the last round to just snatch the verdict, but Arceo looked worth a share of the points. Dominguez lost last year in challenges to Miguel Vazquez for the IBF light title and Humberto Soto for the WBC title. Arceo, 32, who lost only one of his first 22, then lost seven in a row, but had got his career back on track. La Carlota, Argentina: Super Middle: Pablo Farias (18-0) W PTS 10 Matias Franco (9-7-1).Clear but unimpressive win for “Pokemon”. Despite giving away height and reach he easily outboxes Franco without really doing any damage, and Franco finishes strongly as Farias slows. Argentinian No 1 Farias, 23 remains unbeaten as he takes unanimous verdict on scores of 99-95 ½, 99-94 and 99-93 ½. Moncton, Canada: Feather: Tyson Cave (14-1) W TKO 3 Hassan Wassa (5-13-3). Predictable early night for southpaw Cave. “Prince of Hali” drops Ugandan in each of the first two rounds and after a knockdown in the third, the referee stops the fight. Cave’s only loss was to Will Casey. Wassa has failed to win any of his last seven and this was his fourth loss in visits to Canada. Mexico City, Mexico: Bantam: Jesus Ruiz (25-3-2) W PTS 10 Angel Aguilar. Light: Oliver Flores (21-0-1) W PTS 10 Daniel Hernandez (11-6). Light: Mauricio Pintor (13-0) W TKO 1 Gustavo Meza (1-5-1). Ruiz wins this one easily. He is too experienced and too fast for Aguliar, who is game but never really in the fight. “Little Star” Ruiz, 21, takes unanimous decision and retains WBC Latino title for third time. Nicaraguan prospect Flores wins unanimous decision over Hernandez and with it the vacant WBC International title. Still only 19, and with 15 wins by KO/TKO, Flores is being carefully matched, so needs better opposition to be evaluated. Tall for a lightweight at 5’10”, Mauricio Pintor, the nephew of the great Lupe Pintor, marches on with win No 13 by KO/TKO in mismatch. Tampico, Mexico: Light Middle: David Lopez (40-12) W PTS 12 Mike Rosales (30-4). Super Feather: Sergio Torres (16-2-1) W PTS 11 Marlon Aguilar (25-10-1). 33yo “The Destroyer” Lopez, 33, wins NABA title and a WBA eliminator (although neither fighter is rated in the top 15!) with a hard fought majority victory over Rosales. It was a disappointing fight as their styles did not mix well and the taller Rosales kept it close. Lopez is unbeaten since 2005 and has lost only one of his last 22 fights. Not bad after being 5-5 in his first ten fights. Rosales had won seven in a row, including an upset victory over Filipino Mark Melligan, but Lopez was just too strong down the closing straight. “Bam Bam” Torres has to climb off the floor in the second and come from behind to wear down Nicaraguan Aguilar. From the seventh onwards Torres takes control and win on scores of 107-101, 106-102 and 105-103 to lift the WBA Fedlatin title. This was revenge for a loss to Aguilar in Nicaragua in 2007 and extends his unbeaten run to 14. “Rocky” Aguilar, 23, has been matched tough with losses to Jhonny Gonzalez, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Oscar Larios Windhoek, Namibia: Super Middle: Wilberforce Shihepo (14-6) W TKO 9 Don Kampamba (2-2-2). Light: Paulus Moses (27-1) W KO 1 Miguel Lombardo (15-10-1). Light: Julius Indongo (7-0) W PTS 10 Sam Kapapu (7-6). No real test for “Hitman” Moses, 32, as the former WBA secondary champion puts Argentinian down for the count with a body shot with one second left in the first round. Now 19 by KO/TKO for Moses, but the 34-year-iold Argentinian has won only two of his last eleven fights. “Black Mamba” Shihepo found Zambian Kampamba a game opponent, but from the first round, when the Zambian suffered a cut, it was one-way traffic. Shihepo scored knockdowns in the fourth and seventh rounds, and with the cut worsening a Doctor’s inspection brought the stoppage. This for the interim WBO African title and win No 12 by KO/TKO for Shihepo, who was ahead 90-79 on two cards and 89-80 on the other The tall Indongo use his long left jab to dominate in his fight with Kapapu and won the vacant national title on scores of 99-91 twice and 100-90. Manukau City, New Zealand: Heavy: David Tua (52-3-2) W PTS 10 Demetrice King (15-20). Super Middle: Maselino Maseo (30-6) W KO 4 Kashif Mumtaz (7-23-1).Cruiser: Vaitele Soi (14-0) W PTS 6 Oscar Siale (13-9). Tua scores unanimous decision over experienced loser King. Tua trying hard for kayo from the start, but no knockdowns and King, whose right hand hardly ever moves away from his chin, survives. Tua has to settle for points win. Scores 100-91 twice and 100-90.Now 38, Samoan-born Tua’s title hopes suffered a set back when he could only manage a draw with Monte Barrett in July. Tua missed out on his big chance when he lost on points to Lennox Lewis for the WBC and IBF titles in 2000. King, 26, has only been stopped twice, and can fight when he wants to, as inside the distance victories over Bermane Stiverne and Bowie Tupou prove. Former WBA champion Masoe, 44, too strong for Pakistani-born southpaw Mumtaz, 39, and is well in front when he halts Mumtaz late in fourth round. Samoan Soi, 23, remains unbeaten but has to settle for a split decision over former Commonwealth contender Siale. Scores 59-54, 58-54 and 56-57. Soi had won a majority verdict over Siale in January last year. Now having lost six of his last seven fights, the 39-year-old New Zealand southpaw Siale seems to have no luck in tight decisions as his loss in the fight for the vacant Commonwealth title with Dominic Vea in July was also a majority verdict. Cebu City, Philippines: Bantam: AJ Banal (24-1-1) W TKO 2 Francis Miyeyusho (29-9-2). Super Fly: Milan Melindo (24-0) W KO 1 Rosendo Vega (16-7). Super Fly: Rocky Fuentes (29-6-2) W PTS 8 Jemmy Gobel (16-13-5). Light Welter: Romeo Jakosalem (12-4-1) W TKO 8 Steve Claggett (11-1-1). Too easy for 22-year-old southpaw Banal. After Miyuyusho edges first round, AJ then floors Tanzanian three times in second and Miyeyusho counted out. First defence of WBO Asia Pacific title for Banal. Miyeyusho, 31, and also a southpaw, was kayoed in two rounds by Isaac Ward for the Commonwealth title in 2007, and has yet to last the distance in any fight outside Tanzania. IBF top rated flyweight “Method Man” Melindo scores two knockdowns and puts away Mexican with just one second remaining in the first round. Vega, 33, had gone the full ten rounds with WBA champion Daiki Kameda in July. WBC No 3 “Road Warrior” Fuentes pressures Gobel all the way. Has him badly hurt at end of seventh, but Gobel lasts out eighth. All three officials see it 80-70 for OPBF champion. Gobel lost five of six now. “Romeo Jako” upsets highly touted Canadian Claggett. Dropped twice with body shots in the second, the Filipino survives and cuts Claggett in fourth. Doctor examines the cut but lets the fight continue. Claggett remains the aggressor, but walks into some heavy punishment. Claggett being badly rocked by combination punches in eighth and not fighting back when the referee stopped it. Wigan, England: Super Feather: Liam Walsh (11-0) W KO 10 Jon Kays (13-2). Walsh makes successful first defence of his Commonwealth title. Southpaw Walsh shakes Kays with left hook in first, but suffers cut over his left eye in third as Kays scoring well. Walsh almost brings end in fourth as he floors Kays heavily, but challenger gets up and survives. Once again Kays gets back into the fight and seems to be taking over against a Walsh who seems content to box within himself. Wake-up call for Walsh as he is shaken in eighth. He then takes control in the ninth and a series of body punches finished off by a left hook to the ribs puts Kays down for the count. 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March 19

Accra Ghana: Light: Sam Amoaka W TKO 3 Atta Kofi. Welter: Patrick Allotey W TKO 3 Jon Akrofi. Super Bantam. Alfred Tetteh W KO 2 Sam Adotei. Super Bantam: John Amuzu W TKO 2 Alfred Quaye. Super Fly: Cobbina Johnson W TKO 4 Solomon Oku. Light Middle: Obodai Sai W TKO 4 Osumanu Adams W TKO 4. Middle: Mohammed Akrong W TKO 4 Joseph Akakpo. Super Fly: Gabriel Laryea W TKO 2 Joe Cudjoe. Super Fly: Ekow Wilson W TKO 2 Kasum Baba. Super Feather: Emmanuel Addo W TKO 4 William Commey. Light Middle: Mohammed Sampando W TKO 5 Osumanu Saidu. Dagenham, England: Cruiser: Tony Conquest (6-0) W TKO 6 Prince George Akrong (9-5-1). Light Middle: Pat McAleese (11-1-1) W PTS 6 Fran Gonzalez (3-8). Siershahn, Germany: Cruiser: Prince Anthony Ijkeji (11-3-1) DREW 8 Marcel Gottschalk (2-6-1)

March 11

Las Vegas, USA: Heavy: Mike Grant (47-4) W KO 3 Ty Fields (45-3). Cruiser: Aaron Williams (21-3-1) W TKO 1 Shane Steele (7-4). Welter: Joel Casamayor (38-5-1) W PTS 10 Manuel Leyva (18-2). Grant, 6’7”, won this battle of giant underachievers as he badly shakes southpaw Fields, 36, in the second, and is hurt in return. Grant brought the finish in the third with a big right hand which put the 6’8” Fields down, and despite his scrambling attempts to get up, he was counted out. Grant, 38, lost in two rounds to Lennox Lewis for the IBF and WBC titles in 2000, and was coming off a loss to Tomasz Adamek. Fields had been kayoed in 57 seconds by Monte Barrett in 2008. “Awesome” Williams, 24, has yet to fulfill the promise he showed as an amateur, but in this mismatch floored poor Steele twice to force the stoppage. Williams was coming back from a shock loss to modest Garrett Wilson, and wins WBC USNBC title. Former WBA super feather and WBC light champ Casamayor, 39, struggles to a split verdict over Mexican Leyva, a late stand-in. An all-southpaw battle sees Casamayor’s superior skills just keeping him ahead of the aggressive Leyva, and a knockdown from a body punch scored by the Cuban veteran in the fifth made the difference. Scores 97-92, 96-93 and 94-95. First fight for Casamayor since losing to Robert Guerrero in July. First fight outside Baja California for Leyva. Kemerovo, Russia: Light Heavy: Dmitry Sukhotsky (17-1) W TKO 5 Konstantin Piternov (12-1). Feather: Vyacheslav Gusev (18-2) W KO 3 Dario Azuaga (80-21-2, 2 ND). Light Heavy: Roman Simakov (16-1-1) W PTS 12 Douglas Otieno (22-6). Cruiser: Grigory Drozd (33-1) W PTS 8 Remigijus Ziausys (13-34-3). Former WBO title contender Sukhotsky retains WBO intercontinental title with stoppage of Russian champion Piternov. Third win for 29-year-old Russian since losing close decision to Juergen Braehmer for WBO title in December 2009. Gusev, 25, kayos 36-year-old Paraguayan veteran Azuaga, and wins vacant WBO European title! Only loss for Gusev in last 14 was to world rated Juan Carlos Burgos. Simakov, 26, wins vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council title by beating Kenyan southpaw Otieno! Ten wins in a row for Simakov. “Al Capone” Otieno was kayoed in four rounds by Nat Cleverly for Commonwealth title in 2008. First fight since July 2009 for 31-year-old Drozd, but Lithuanian Ziausys with only two wins in his last nine fights. Olsztyn, Poland: Cruiser: Mateusz Masternak (22-0) W TKO 5 Ali Ismailov (18-5-1). Pole Masternak, 23, retains IBO Inter-Continental title as he boxes well against Azeri Ismailov. “The Master” Masternak in control until a punch early in the fifth slashes open a cut over Ismailov’s left eye. Ismailov, 36, lost a split decision Victor Ramirez for the WBO title in May 2009, but subsequent losses to Denis Lebedev and Yoan Pablo Hernandez have lowered his standing. Mexico City, Mexico: Super Feather: Gamaliel Diaz (30-9-2) W TKO 3 Rafael Urias (22-19-2).Light: Daniel Estrada (25-2-1) W T DEC 6 Arturo Gomez (18-15-5).Diaz makes fourth successful defence of his WBC Cabofe title as he dominates Urias with his jab in the first two rounds and then floors and halts him in the third. Seven wins in a row and fourth defence of WBC Cabofe title for Diaz who lost to Jorge Linares in a challenge for the WBC feather title, and to Humberto Soto for the interim WBC super feather title, but has won and lost in fights with Robert Guerrero, and beat Elio Rojas. Lanky “Tremendo” Estrada,25, comfortably in front until a clash of heads saw Estrada badly cut over his left eye and it goes to the scorecards with Estrada winning on scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56. Estrada wins vacant WBC Continental Americas title. Toulon, France: Super Bantam: Jeremy Parodi (30-1-1) W PTS 8 Emiliano Salvini (13-13-1). Parodi continues his rebuilding with a unanimous verdict over tough, experienced Italian. In front of his hometown fans Parodi, 23, takes it on scores of 78-75 twice 77-75. Second win for EBU No 5 Parodi since loss to Arsen Martirosyan in May. Salvini, 32, has now lost seven of his last eight. He has lost to Craig Lyon and Willie Casey but usually goes the distance. St Etienne, France: Cruiser: Rachid El Hadak (22-8-1) W PTS 12 Levan Jomardashvili (21-3). Light Middle: Salim Larbi (14-1-1) W PTS 12 David Makaradze (16-5). Easy wins for the locals. In his hometown, El Hadak, using his height and reach advantages over young Georgian wins every round in first defence of his WBA European title. Scores 120-106 twice and 120-107. El Hadak, 37, beat JJ Ojuederie in December and has registered eight wins since losing to David Dolan in 2008. Jomardashvili has lost three of his last four with all of his wins coming in Georgia. Larbi, 23, again shows his lack of power but the tall, slim Frenchman uses his skill and easily boxes his way to a wide unanimous verdict over another Georgian. Scores 118-111 twice and 118-110. Larbi unbeaten in 13 now. Makaradze 2-5 in his last seven, and again his wins have all been on the poor Georgian circuit. Parana, Argentina: Light Middle: Ulises David Lopez (27-3) W DIS 3 Carlos Vilches (55-10-2, 1 ND). Welter: Sebastian Lujan (36-5-2,1ND) W TKO 4 Juan Pablo Lucero (14-4). “Cloroformo”, 32, scores knockdowns in first and in the second. Vilches loses two points for low blows as he tries to stem the tide. Lopez is putting on the pressure in the sixth and with Vilches throwing more low blows the referee steps in and disqualifies him. Lopez retains South American title as he works his way back after shock kayo loss to Alejandro Falliga in September. Vilches, who had been largely inactive, is a former South American light welter champion and lost to Ricky Hatton for the WBU title in 2004. “Iron” Lujan, 31, too strong for Lucero. Pressure tells when Lujan scores a knockdown with a body punch at the end of the third. Lucero still suffering in the fourth and the referee stops it. Rated No 7 by both the WBA and WBC Lujan retains his WBC Latino title. Lujan lost in title shots to Antonio Margarito for the WBO welter title and to Sergei Dzinziruk for their WBO title. His last loss was to Jaime Moore in 2007, since when he has won nine in a row including a stoppage of Jose Luis Castillo.

March 12

Las Vegas, USA: Light Middle: Miguel Cotto (36-2) W TKO 12 Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1,1ND ). Light: Miguel Vazquez (28-3) W PTS 12 Lenny Zappavigna(25-1). Light Middle: Pavel Wolak (29-1) W TKO 6 Yuri Foreman (28-2,1ND). Middle: Matt Korobov (14-0) W TKO 1 Mike Walker (19-7-2). Light: Juan Gonzalez (11-0) W TKO 1 Jeremy McLaurin (8-2). Heavy: Eric Molina (17-1) W TKO 6 Joe Rabotte (9-16-1). Super Bantam: Jesus M Rojas (17-1) W PTS 6 Isaac Hidalgo (8-7-2). Superior technique of Cotto has him in charge of the fight against the Nicaraguan “Wildman”. Mayorga has no answer to Cotto’s fast, strong jab and more accurate punching. Mayorga resorted to wild swings which were awkward for Cotto to deal with, but never dangerous. With a nasty swelling over his left eye, Mayorga’s problems became ever worse when in the twelfth round he fractured his left thumb and was knocked down by a classic left hook. He got up but indicated to the referee that he could not continue and the fight was stopped. First defence of his real (Super) WBA title by 30-year-old Puerto Rican, a former WBO welter, WBA welter and WBO light welter champ. Mayorga, 37, a former WBC light middle and WBA and WBC welter champ, had only one fight in 30 months leading up to this challenge, and announced his retirement after the fight. Interesting but not exciting fight sees Mexican Vazquez retain his IBF title with a wide, unanimous verdict over previously unbeaten young Australian Zappavigna. Vazquez outboxes the aggressive Australian confusing him with his jab and movement, but Zappavigna never stops pressing making many of the rounds close. Vazquez, 24, retains on scores of 118-112 twice and 117-111. Second defence for man from Guadalajara, who lost his first pro fight-to Saul Alvarez. Relentless pressure from Pole Wolak, 29, proves too much for Foreman who just can’t stem the tide. Wolak in the face of the Israeli former WBA champion in every round. Foreman landing some good shots, but not enough to turn the fight around. “Raging Bull” Wolak ups the pace in a brutal sixth and a dispirited Foreman retires in his corner. Eight wins in a row for Wolak who lifts vacant NABF title. First fight for Foreman since losing his WBA title to Cotto in June. Russian former world amateur champion Korobov, 28, puts Walker down with a great southpaw left hook and although Walker beat the count he was in no condition to continue. All over in 91 seconds as Korobov makes it nine wins by KO/TKO. Walker just one win in his last nine fights. Puerto Rican prospect “El Puma” Gonzalez takes only 25 seconds longer to finish McLaurin with a right. The 21-year-old has only had to go the distance once in his eleven wins. The 6’5” tall Texan “Drummer Boy” Molina floors Rabotte in second, fifth and sixth rounds on the way to a sixth round stoppage. An exhausted Rabotte had been on the floor, then spit out his gum shield and was under heavy pressure when the referee stopped the fight. Now 17 wins in a row for Texas University graduate Molina who makes a triumphant return to Las Vegas, where he lost his first pro fight on a first round kayo. Rabotte had scored a good win over Taurus Sykes in October. Rojas, another Puerto Rican hope, was too strong for game Hidalgo and finished in style handing out some stiff punishment as Hidalgo tired. Scores 59-55 twice and 58-56. Mashantucket, USA: Middleweight: Sergio Martinez (47-2-2) W TKO 8 Sergei Dzinziruk (37-1). Super Middle: Andy Lee (25-1) W TKO 10 Craig McEwan (19-1) .Martinez again shows his class as he handles the previously unbeaten Ukrainian with relative ease and scores five knockdowns in this catch weight non-title contest.. With his hands down and sharper, faster punching he nullified Dzinziruk’s jab and built an early lead. A shot to the head in the fourth saw Dzinziruk, 35, down on one knee and a fast combination in the fifth put Dzinziruk down again. The WBO light middle champion fought back in the sixth and had a good seventh, even opening a small cut by the left eye of Martinez. It was to be his final fling. In the eighth a big southpaw left put Dzinziruk down . Two more knockdowns followed and the referee stopped the fight. The 36-year-old Argentinian had been stripped of his WBC title but won the expensive, but meaningless Diamond Belt. Dzinziruk, who was having only his second fight in over two years, lost for the first time in twelve years as a pro, but still holds his WBO title. Irishman Lee comes from behind to kayo southpaw Scot McEwan. Lee, 26, looks sluggish in the early rounds as the better boxing of southpaw McEwan, 28, sees him build a lead. Lee looking for the big punch is in danger of losing the decision when he floors a tiring McEwan in ninth. Determined not to let the Scot off the hook, a left from Lee puts McEwan down in the tenth and the referee stops it. Now 19 by KO/TKO for Lee. McEwan must now rebuild from scratch after his first pro defeat. Glasgow, Scotland: Super Feather: Ricky Burns (31-2) W TKO 7 Joseph Laryea (14-5). Super Middle: James DeGale (10-0) W TKO 5 Alpay Kobal (7-13-2). Super Feather: Paul Appleby (17-2) W PTS 6 Youssef Al Hamidi (8-30-2). Easy second defence of his WBO title for Burns against strong but crude Ghanaian, who had no right fighting for a world title. Burns uses smooth skills and fast counters to pile up the points whilst “Mandingo” Laryea relies on wild swings. Laryea trying to turn it into a brawl with use of head and elbow, but Burns scoring at will. Ghanaian noticeable tiring in seventh, and retires in his corner at the end of the round claiming a hand injury. Glorified sparring session for talented Olympic gold medalist DeGale. His skill, speed and movement are just too much for the game Frenchman. “Chunky” DeGale always in command and scoring with lightning fast punches to head and body. Cumulative damage sees referee save the Frenchman in fifth. Now seven by KO/TKO for 25-year-old southpaw, but no wins in last five for Kobal. Former British featherweight champion Appleby gets needed win as he floors Syrian-born Al Hamidi in second and then uses his jab to win every round. Referee’s score 60-53. Junin, Argentina: Feather: Jonathan Barros (32-1-1) W PTS 12 Miguel Roman (33-8). Super Fly: Oscar Ibarra (26-4) W TKO 4 Ariel Alassia (12-6-1,1ND). The champion Barros dominates the fight with his left jab, lateral movement and hand speed. Roman hurts Barros with a left hook in the second, and again in the third, but Barros back in charge from the fourth. He keeps the Mexican on the end of the jab until the tenth when Roman again hurts a tiring Barros with a right cross and has him under pressure. Barros then boxes on the outside over the closing rounds to retain his WBC secondary title on scores of 118-109, 118-110 and 117-111. First defence for 27-year-old “Yoni” since beating Panamanian Irving Berry for the vacant title in December. “Mickey” Roman , 25, always seems to come up short in the big ones. Ibarra evens the score for Mexico as he eventually rolls over Alassia. Ibarra, 25, has trouble early with the elusive Argentinian, but two left hooks to the body put Alassai,26, down in the fourth and after he beats the count a right to the chin puts him down again and his corner throws in the towel. Now twelve wins in a row for WBC No 3 Ibarra, ten of those by KO/TKO. Perth, Australia: Middle: Robbie Bryant (14-1-1) W PTS 12 Togasilimai Letoa (11-7). Super Feather: Billy Dib (31-1,1ND) W TKO 8 Ricky Sismundo (18-6). Light Middle: Danny Dawson (36-3) W PTS 8 Arnel Tinampay (12-13-1). Local fighter Bryant wins vacant PABA title but has a hard time with elusive, tough-chinned, Samoan southpaw, and has to settle for unanimous verdict. Scores 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. Now seven wins for Bryant since loss to Frank LoPorto in April 2009. Leota has now lost his last five. World rated Billy ”The Kid” Dib, 25, takes another mark-time fight and dominates Filipino Sismundo all the way, forcing a stoppage in the last round. Dib lost to Steve Luevano for the WBO feather title in 2008, but has won eleven since then. Dawson has to climb off the floor in the first to claim a majority verdict over modest Filipino Tinampay. Scores 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. Dawson, 33, had lost to Sergei Dzinziruk for the WBO light middle title in May and to Frank LoPorto in October. Filipino champion Tinampay has lost four of his last five. Richmond, Canada: Light Heavy: Junior Moar (8-3) W PTS 10 Mike Walchuk (9-2). In front of his home crowd Canadian champion Moar, 32, retains his title with a hard fopught, close but unanimous decision over Walchuk. The first five rounds were fairly even with Moar doing the pressing and Walchuk boxing on the outside. Moar managed to close the distance in the later rounds and just seemed to have done enough for the win. Scores 97-93, 96-94 and 96-95. This was Moar’s first fight since being halted in six rounds by Lafarrell Bunting in November. Walchuk, also 32, lost to Adam Trupish for the vacant Canadian middle title in March last year. Saint-Quentin, France: Bantam: Jerome Thomas (11-0-1) W PTS 10 Yoan Boyeaux (6-3). Former amateur star Thomas, 32, wins vacant French title with highly disputed split decision over Boyeaux. Scores 96-94 twice and 94-97. With his physical handicap Thomas lacks power and still has to adjust to the pro style of fighting. Boyeaux lost to Josh Wale and Carl Frampton here. Nanterre, France: Super Middle: Rachid Jkitou (18-0) W PTS 10 Chris Rebrasse (15-2-1) . Light Middle: Hussein Bayram (34-3) W KO 2 Juan Martinez Bas (8-17-1).Great little French title fight as Jkitou, the smaller man, goes forward throwing punches from the first bell and champion Rebrasse tries to box behind his left jab. The sheer aggression of 25-year-old Jkitou sweeps the first three rounds then Rebrasse, 23, making his second title defence, has success with good counters to even things up. Rebrasse tires in the eighth and Jkitou establishes a lead, and holds it despite an all-out effort by Rebrasse in the last to snap the champion’s unbeaten streak at 14. Former French champion Bayram, 35 wastes no time chasing down the Spaniard from first. Wraps it up in the second with a left hook to the body. EBU No 4 Bayram has won his last ten. Martinez Bas, 38, had fought a draw with Pole Krzys Bienias on March 5. Talisay City, Philippines: Light: Jimrex Jaca (33-6-3) W TKO 3 Arnel Donal (10-3-1). “The Executioner” gets a somewhat fortunate victory. After two quiet rounds southpaw Jaca, 27, floors Donal with a borderline punch. There was a brief discussion during which the referee said that the shot was low, but Donal indicated he did not want to continue, so Jaca was declared the winner. Jaca has been Philippines champ at bantam, super bantam and super feather but lost in nine rounds to Juan Manuel Marquez for the interim WBO featherweight title in 2006. Donal has lost his last three. Lafayette, USA: Light: Mason Menard (15-1) W PTS 10 Anthony Napunyi (14-10). “Rock Hard Mighty” Menard wins wide unanimous verdict over Kenyan for UBO All-American title. The 22-year-old former Olympic trialist has won his last 13. Napunyi, 28 has lost his last six, the other five all by KO/TKO. Fairfax, USA: Light Heavy: William Joppy (40-7-2) W PTS 10 Cory Cummings (17-5-1) Light Middle: Jimmy Lange (35-4-2) W PTS 10 Jimmy Holmes (19-2-2,1ND). Former WBA champion Joppy reaches the end of the road. Using his edge in height and reach Joppy wins unanimous decision over Cummings and announces his retirement. These two had fought a draw in November and then Joppy went on to lose to Beibut Shumenov in a challenge for the WBA light heavy title. Joppy had three reigns as WBA middleweight champion. Local hero Lange, 35, too good for Holmes and all three judges score it 97-92. Lange has never really tried to climb the ladder to top class opposition and Holmes record has been built totally on the Indiana club fighting circuit Additional Commonwealth Results

March 11

Bedworth, England: Welter: James Finn (8-0-1)W PTS 10 Ben Lawler (7-0). Brit Masters 100-90 Lawler down 1st Accra, Ghana: Bantam: Prosper Ankrah W TKO 4 Pee Wee Yartey . Light: Bilal Mohammed W TKO 6 Mohammed Laryea. Light: Geroge Ashie W KO 3 Jon Morton. Middle: Ishmael Tetteh W TKO 4 Moro Tahiru. Light Welter: Isaac Quartey W TKO 2 Peter Aryee. Super Feather: Odalai Lamptey W TKO 2 Yusif Salifu. Light: Ben Ankrah W TKO 5 Sulemah Adams. Stephen Abbey TKO 7 Ed Ghartey.

March 12

Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania: Heavy: Awadh Tamim ( 12-2, 2 ND) W TKO 6 Ashraf Suleiman (3-3-1). Light Middle: Selemani Said (9-3-2) WKO 1 Chilambo Hemed (4-2-1).

March 1

Kempton Park, South Africa: Heavy: Light Heavy: Johnny Muller (9-0-2) W TKO 9 Roedolf Venter (11-4). Heavy: Zack Mwekassa (9-2) W TKO 4 Epiphanie Pipi. Unfortunate ending to a good, close fight. Muller scored a knockdown in the fourth, but hit Venter a couple more times when he was down, so was lucky to avoid disqualification. The bout was pretty even in the ninth, but Venter badly twisted his knee and was unable to continue. First defence of South African title for Muller. Venter, who has been a low as 150lbs in his career, had won two bouts last year, after returning from almost four years out of the ring. Congolese fighter Mwekassa, in his first fight in 17 months, halts Ghanaian who does not come out for the fourth round.

March 4

Melbourne, Australia: Welter: Victor Chernous (12-1) W PTS 8 Steve Heremia (16-6-1). Light Heavy: Blake Caparello (6-0-1) W PTS 8 Mike Bolling (12-2).Clever boxing Australian champion Chernous, 26, just edges out New Zealander. Heremia, 25, forces action, and busier, but Ukrainian Chernous’ tight defence and sharp counters give him majority verdict on scores of 79-74, 77-76 and 77-77. In all southpaw scrap Caparello scores upset as he floors and outpoints Bolling. Caparello, 24, scoring good counters to aggressive Bolling, 26, and in front. Shaken in seventh he bangs back to hurt Bolling in last. Scores 78-71, 77-74 and 76-75. Deurne, Belgium: Welter: Jackson Osei Bonsu (34-4) W PTS 10 Jose Del Rio (11-2). Bonsu uses considerable height and reach advantages to win wide unanimous decision over southpaw Spanish champion Del Rio. Third win for 30-year-old Ghana-born Bonsu since crushing loss to Randall Bailey in one round a year ago. Scores 97-92 twice and 98-91. Montreal, Canada: Super Feather: Arash Usmanee (11-0) W TKO 5 Isaac Bejarano (9-10-1). The 29-year-old former top amateur used a relentless body attack to beat Bejerano. The Mexican was cut in the second round, floored in the third and floored twice more in the fifth, when his corner threw in the towel. Usmanee, won gold at the 2005 Multi-Nations in Liverpool, was Canadian national champ in 2005/6/7, and competed at the Commonwealth Games and the 2007 World championships. Bejerano has failed to win any of his last eight. Helsinki, Finland: Super Middle: Piotr Wilczewski (29-1) W TKO 11Amin Asikainen (28-4). Light Welter: Denis Shafikov (26-0-1) W TKO 5 Nugzar Margvelashvili (18-10). Feather: Andreas Evensen (14-2) W TKO 3 Yordan Vasilev (9-21-2).Light: Edis Tatli (14-0) W PTS 8 Stuart Green (15-11). Cruiser: Juho Haapoja (14-2-1,1ND) W TKO 4 Mantas Tarvydas (17-10). Pole Wilczewski wins vacant European title with stoppage of local fighter Asikainen. Finn starts better despite being cut in clash of heads in first. Wilczewski, 32, has better third round. Both have good moments with Finn ahead at the end of seventh. Pole turns the fight around in the eighth as he floors Asikainen with a right. Asikainen complains punch lands on the back of his head. Asikainen takes the ninth, but in the eleventh Wilczewski hurts Asikainen and then lands a crunching fight which puts Asikainen down. He beats the count but is in no condition to continue. Seventh win for Wilczewski since being halted by Curtis Stevens in July 2009. Former European middleweight champion Asikainen, stopped by Matthew Macklin for the middleweight title in September 2009, may now retire and go into training. EBU No 3 Shafikov floors Georgian with a body punch in the fourth and sustained attack in fifth brings finish. Now 15 by KO/TKO for 25-year-old Russian, who has a win over former WBA champion Raul Balbi. Margvelashvili beat Barry Hughes and lost to Andy Morris. Former WBO challenger Evensen scores three knockdowns on the way to stopping Vasilev. The 25-year-old Colombian-born Norwegian lost on points to Ricky Burns in December. Former Finnish amateur champion Tatli,23, wins unanimous decision over Scot Green. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-73. Haapoja, 30, halts Lithuanian to go to nine wins by KO/TKO, and unbeaten in ten since losing to world rated Denis Bakhtov in May 2008. Creil, France Light Middle: Cedric Vitu (31-1) W PTS 10 Mahdi Nekaies (15-6). French champion Vitu does himself no favours as he forgets his boxing and mixes it with Nekaies in the first round, and comes out with a cut over his left eye. After that Vitu makes his superior southpaw skill count and scores well to head and body. Nekaies has a good seventh, but Vitu in charge and he stages a big attack in the last but can’t put Nekaies away. Vitu , rated No 6 by EBU, makes second successful defence of his title. Livorno, Italy: Light Middle: Lenny Bottai (13-1) W PTS 12 Sergei Melis (17-4). Feather: Alberto Servidei (30-0-2) W PTS 10 Massimo Morra (21-6-3). Italian champion Bottai, 33, wins vacant IBF International title with unanimous decision over Estonian Melis. Bottai did not turn pro until he was 30. “Baltic King” Melis challenged for the same title at super middle in October, and has only lost to good opposition. Southpaw Servidei,35, wins unanimous verdict in competitive bout between two experienced fighters. Retains Italian title for second time in his second spell as champion. The former undefeated European champion is rated No 2 by the EBU, but despite his 32 fight unbeaten run, he is not rated in the top 15 by any of the four sanctioning bodies. Morra, 37, is a former Italian super bantam and feather champion, and this was his first fight since losing the feather title to Davide Dieli in July. Iztacalco, Mexico: Feather: Rafael Guzman (28-2) W TKO 3 Jorge Ibarra (10-6-1). Impressive performance by 24-year-old Guzman. The tall, slim fighter from Guadalajara floors Ibarra at the end of the second and then jumps on him again at the start of the third, and a continuous barrage of punches brings the finish. Now 19 by KO/TKO as he rebuilds after shock one round loss to Carlos Cardenas last March. Managua, Nicaragua: Super Feather: Eusebio Osejo (18-9-2) W T DEC 4 John Jackson (15-2-1). Super Fly: Carlos Rueda (16-4-1,2ND) W TKO 4 Ernesto Castro (10-12-2). Local southpaw Osejo, 25, comes in as a late sub and scores upset technical victory. Jackson has height and reach advantages, but Osejo takes the fight inside. Jackson’s corner want the fight stopped after he is cut on left eyebrow after clash of heads in third. Fights goes on. Jackson, 25, floors Osejo but loses a point for hitting him when down, and with his cut worse in fifth the fight is stopped and goes to the cards with Osejo winning the vacant NABA title on scores of 48-44 twice and 48-45. Good homecoming for Nicaraguan super bantam champ Osejo who in recent contests has fought in Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Italy and Angola. Rueda, 27, and Castro, exchange knockdowns with Rueda coming out on top. Rueda is floored in the second, but scores knockdowns in first, second and fourth and the referee stops it. Porrino, Spain: Bantam: Ivan Pozo (32-6-1) W PTS 10 Adonis Rivas (22-13-3,1ND). Big win for 31-year-old Pozo as he takes a close verdict over former WBO super fly champion Rivas to win WBC Mundo Hispano title. The Spaniard wanted to box, and the Nicaraguan wanted a toe-to-toe war. Pozo dominated with his better skills, but was cut badly in head clashes. Rivas, deducted two points for careless use of the head. Pozo, a former European bantam and undefeated flyweight champion, lost to Omar Narvaez for the WBO fly title in 2008. Rivas has won only one of his last nine now. Lap Lae, Thailand: Feather: Chonlatarn (37-0) W PTS 12 Ti Yamagata Aguelo (14-4-1). Thai makes successful seventh defence of his WBA Asian Council title as he hands out a boxing lesson and one-sided beating to modest Filipino. Chonlatarn, 26,who looked about to end the fight in the middle rounds, found the Filipino had a tough chin and eventually won on scores of 118-110 twice and 119-109. Chonlatarn is rated No 2 by both the WBC and WBO. Doncaster, England: Heavy: Mike Perez (13-0) W PTS 8 Ismail Abdoul (38-20-2). Just a sparring match for Cuban southpaw Perez. “The Rebel” spends eight rounds beating on the defensively minded Belgian veteran without ever coming close to putting him away. Perez, 25, takes every round as 80-72 score shows. Abdoul, 34, is really a cruiserweight and in 60 fights only WBC champion Krzys Wlodarczyk has beaten him inside the distance. Woodland Hills, USA: Light Heavy: Yusaf Mack (29-3-2) W PTS 12 Otis Griffin (23-7-2). Light: Ray Beltran (23-4) W RTD 8 Carlos Vinan (10-8-4). Good fight, pity about the scoring. Mack 31, wins IBF eliminator with split decision over Griffin. Higher work rate gives Mack the edge and he seals it with a knockdown in the last round. Looks a clear winner and two judges see him ahead on scores of 119-108 and 116-111, but somehow the third judges gives it to Griffin on scores of 114-113! Mack, who was halted by Glen Johnson in an IBF eliminator in February 2010, his last fight , now goes on to challenge Tavoris Cloud. Like Mack, Griffin, 33, had done nothing to deserve to be in an eliminator. Beltran has to come from behind to stop Ecuadorian Vinan. After a good first round, Beltran falls behind as Vinan sweeps the next three rounds to build a lead. Mexican southpaw Beltran, 29, gets back into the fight in the fifth and from then on Vinan soaks up plenty of punishment and his corner retire him before the start of the eighth. “Sugar” Beltran did not fight between losing to Ameth Diaz in September 2008 and January 2010, when he returned with a good win over David Torres. This was his first fight since beating Torres. Vinan, 31, had pulled off a shock win last July when he halted former European champion Anthony Mezaache. Beltran wins vacant USBA title. Indio, USA: Light: Vicente Escobedo (23-3) W PTS 10 Walter Estrada (38-14-1). Light Welter: Sharif Bogere (19-0) W KO 1 Shamir Reyes (18-9-2,1ND). Escobedo looked on the way to a quick win when almost floored Estrada in the first, but the clever veteran survived and made it an uncomfortable night for the former Olympian. Escobedo finally put the 34-year-old Colombian down in the seventh, but suffered a cut by his right eye in the eighth. Escobedo boxed his way to victory but finished up with two cuts by his right eye and on the left side of his forehead. A clear unanimous decision on scores of 97-92 twice and 96-93 for Escobedo, who needed a boost after losses to Mike Katsidis and Roberto Guerrero. Colombian Estrada had been showing some form with a draw with Canadian Logan McGuinness and wins over Vern Kimbrough and Nate Campbell. Estrada lost to Scott Harrison for the WBO feather title in 2004 and to Kevin Mitchell in 2008. Ugandan prospect Bogere puts experienced Reyes down twice and halts him in one round. Now twelve wins by KO/TKO for the 22-year-old Ugandan, but Reyes without a win in his last seven. Kissimmee, USA: Light Heavy: Ismayl Syllakh (15-0) W PTS 10 Yordanis Despaigne (8-1). Light Welter: Ray Narh (25-1) W PTS 10 Freddie Norwood (43-4-1). Ukrainian Syllakh continues to impress as he floors and out points former Cuban amateur star Despaigne. Syllakh hurts then floors Despaigne, 31, in the second round, and inflicts cuts over both eyes. Syllakh then boxes on the retreat and with Despaigne unable to get inside the Ukrainian controls the fight all the way for wide unanimous verdict on scores of 98-91 twice and 99-90. Syllakh retains NABF title. Despaigne was a bronze medalist at the 2003 World championships and in the 2004 Olympics beat Jean Pascal but lost by one point to Andre Dirrell. Ghanaian Narh, 32, gets easy win over 41-year-old former WBA feather champion Norwood. “The Emperor” retains his WBC USNBC title and makes it 14 wins in a row as he controls the fight with his jab, and southpaw Norwood, having his first fight since July 2009, loses two points for infringements. Scores 100-88 twice and 99-89. Atlantic City, USA: Light Middle: Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2) W TKO 2 Derek Ennis (22-3-1). Major upset as “Pooh” Ennis is crushed in two rounds by Cuban veteran Barthelemy, who comes in as a late substitute. The 38-year-old southpaw Barthelemy, not considered a puncher, hurt then floored Ennis right at the end of the first round. Ennis was up at seven and the bell went. The Cuban, who had failed to make the weight, went straight after Ennis at the start of the second and had the Philadelphian lying on the lower rope and badly hurt when the fight is stopped. Barthelemy was out of the ring for six years before returning with one fight in December, so it looked a safe job for Ennis, who saw a ten bout winning streak ended.

March 5

Anaheim, USA: Light Middle: Saul Alvarez (36-0-1) W PTS 12 Matthew Hatton (41-5-2). Heavy: Seth Mitchell (21-0-1) W TKO 2 Charles Davis (19-22-3). Super Feather: Adrien Broner (20-0) W PTS 10 Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-3). Super Middle; James Kirkland (26-0) W KO 1 Ahsandi Gibbs (10-3). Middle; Daniel Jacobs (22-1) W TKO 1 Bob Kliewer (11-13-2). No real surprise here as 20-year-old Mexican Alvarez proves too strong, and punches too hard for Hatton. Alvarez has Hatton bleeding from the nose in the second, but Hatton also raises a swelling on the Mexican’s right cheek. Hatton is cut on the right eyelid in the fourth and constantly caught with solid body shots. Hatton scores well with his jab, but from the eighth on it is all Alvarez who goes looking for the finish. Hatton resorts to some holding to survive, but also shows good stamina and great courage to stay there until the end. Alvarez lost a point for a low blow in the ninth, but it made no difference to the result as the red-headed young Mexican wins on scores of 119-108 on all three cards and becomes the youngest ever holder of the light middleweight title. Alvarez failed to make the agreed weight of 150lbs, coming in at 151 ½ lbs, but made the division weight, so is the champion. Mitchell overpowers Davis. Floors him in the first and three times in the second for quick win. “Mayhem” Mitchell, 28, makes it 14 by KO/TKO. Southpaw Davis, 39, had drawn with Monte Barrett in January. Big win on paper for “The Problem” Broner as he takes a unanimous decision over former WBO super bantam champion Ponce de Leon. The styles did not make a good fight with Broner boxing cautiously and using his considerable skills to nullify the harder punching of the Mexican southpaw. Broner was not as busy as de Leon, but was more accurate with his punching. Strange scores as two judges had Broner just edging out de Leon on 96-94 and the third having Broner eight points in front on 99-91. Broner, who was accompanied into the ring by Aaron Pryor, wins the WBO Intercontinental title at super feather, but has been as high as 140lbs, and this also gave him an advantage over de Leon, who is a featherweight at best. Texan southpaw Kirkland, 26, returns after a second spell in jail and comes out firing. Overwhelms poor Gibbs and puts him down and out in just 34 seconds. Equally easy for Jacobs, now trained by Freddie Roach, who floors poor Kliewer twice with rights in 104 seconds and referee stops it after the second knockdown Newark, New Jersey: Light Welter: Zab Judah (41-6,2ND) W TKO 7 Kaizer Mabuza (23-7-3). Super Middle: Tarvis Simms (27-1-1) W PTS 8 John Mackey (13-6-2).Judah, looking back to his best, as he outboxes strong South African. Judah, 33, and with Pernell Whitaker in his corner, sticks to his boxing and is too fast and skillful for South African. Mabuza marching forward has some success in the fourth with a flash knockdown, and also has a good sixth, shaking Judah. However, when a southpaw straight left from Judah landed in the seventh, it put Mabuza half way through the ropes. The referee let the fight go on, but Mabuza was badly hurt and another barrage ended the fight. Judah regains the IBF title that he first won in 2000, coincidentally by beating another South African Jan Bergman. This was the 17th world title fight for Judah. Mabuza, 31, had won his last eight, including a stoppage of former WBO champion Kendall Holt . Southpaw Simms, 39, wins unanimous verdict over fellow southpaw Mackey on scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. . Mackey had beaten Canadian prospect Donald Orr in June. Tepic, Mexico: Light Humberto Soto (55-7-2,1ND) W PTS 10 Fidel Munoz (25-3). Super Fly: Juan Alberto Rosas (33-6) W PTS 10 Jesus Vazquez (19-6-1). Feather: Miguel Beltran (23-1) W KO 4 Roberto Tamayo. Super Bantam: Felipe Urucuta (19-1) W TKO 2 Jose Tamayo (1-12). “La Zorrita” Soto, one of the few champions who still take part in non-title fights, goes over old ground as he comprehensively outpoints former challenger Munoz. When Soto, 30,defended his title against Munoz in September it was a close fight but this time Soto floored the 22-year-old Colombian in the first round, and although Munoz did ok in the second and third, from then on Soto dominated the rest of the way. Scores 100-88, 100-90 and 98-92. As in the first fight, Munoz was deducted a point for a low blow. He had taken a lot of punishment to the body in the seventh, so this was his idea of retribution. This a warm-up for Soto’s return with Urbano Antillan on May 7. “The Monster” Rosas given a much tougher test than expected against late sub Vazquez. The experience and strength of Rosas told in the end, but the decision was not popular, even though he was fighting in his hometown. Easy wins for Beltran and Urucuta. Beltran,21, makes it 16 by KO/TKO as he floors Tamayo twice on way to kayo and “Campeon Azteca” finalist Urucuta ,25, puts away poor Tamayo in second for win No 15 by KO/TKO. La Plata, Argentina: Super Middle: Ezequiel Maderna (13-0) W PTS 10 Ruben Acosta (24-5-5). The tall, former Olympian, Maderna, 24, boxes his way to unanimous decision over experienced Acosta and wins Argentinian title. Using his superior height and reach and carrying the most power, Maderna dominated the fight from the centre of the ring. Acosta only really came into the fight in the last three rounds as he saw his title slipping away. Scores 99-93 ½, 98-93, 98-96 ½. Maderna competed at the 2007 World championships and lost to Shawn Estrada at the 2008 Olympics. This was the second title defence for Acosta, 32, who also holds the South American title, and who lost to Robert Stieglitz for the WBO title in January 2010. Tokyo, Japan: Bantam: Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2) W TKO 10 Ryosuke Iwasa (8-1). In an all-southpaw battle, giving away height and reach,Yamanaka,28, starts slowly but then the fight develops into a great little fight which it seemed would go all the way. However, the Japanese champion finally made his strength tell, and battered a tiring Iwasa in the last round and the fight was stopped. First defence for Yamanaka and eighth win by KO/TKO in a row. He is already rated a very flattering No 2 by the WBA. Krynica Zdroj, Poland: Cruiser: Pawel Kolodziej (28-0) W PTS 12 Felix Cora (22-5-2). Welter: Rafal Jackiewicz (38-9-1) W KO 2 Tarik Sahibeddine (12-8). Heavy: Andrzej Wawrzyk (21-0) W PTS 8 Ivica Perkovic (15-10). Light Heavy: Dawid Kostecki (36-1) W PTS 6 Juan Nelongo (21-12-1). Welter: Krzysztof Bienias (41-4-1) DREW 6 Juan Martinez Bas (8-16-1). The 6’5” tall Kolodziej uses his height and reach advantages to outbox the aggressive Texan Cora,31, who just could not get inside the Pole’s defence often enough to turn the fight. Scores 118-110 twice and 116-112.Kolodziej, 30, rated No 7 by the EBU, wins vacant WBA International title. Cora lost to Enad Licina in an IBF eliminator in November. Former undefeated European champion “Braveheart” Jackiewicz wastes no time with 39-year-old Moroccan. Floors him with a body punch in the first then puts him out with a right in the second. Jackiewicz lost on a majority decision to Jan Zaveck for the IBF title in September, and that is the only loss that the Pole has suffered in the 24 bouts since he lost to Ted Bami in 2004.The 6’5” tall Wawrzyk, 23, too big and strong for game 36-year-old Croat Perkovic, who was having his first fight since 2007, and wins wide unanimous decision on 80-71 on all three cards. “Gypsy” Kostecki, 29, rated N o 2 by the WBC has a routine night winning every round against 41-year old Spaniard. Scores 60-54 from all three judges. Nelongo lost to Clinton Woods for the European title in 2000. Should have been an easy night for Bienias but in the end he had to struggle to get a majority draw with Spaniard Bas. Scores 57-57 twice and 58-57 for Bienias. Bienias lost to Kell Brook and Junior Witter here. Bas has won only two of his last eleven, and was beaten by Neil Sinclair in 2008. Huddersfield, England: Super Feather: Gary Sykes (18-1) W PTS 12 Carl Johanneson (30-5). Super Middle: George Groves (12-0) W TKO 4 Daniel Allotey (13-2) Middle: Grzegorz Proksa (23-0) W KO 4 Joe Rae (7-3-1). Feather: Paul Truscott (17-2) W PTS 6 Zsolt Nagy (15-21). Tough defence for champion Sykes, but he climbs off the floor and stages a strong finish to retain his British title with a unanimous decision over former champion Johanneson. Sykes counter-punching aggressive Johanneson in the early rounds. Rounds four to eight very tight, but Sykes looked to be tiring. Disaster almost struck in the ninth when a heavy overhand right put Sykes down. He beat the count and Johannsen,32, unable to provide a finish. From then on Sykes stages a strong finish and does enough to overcome the knockdown and take a unanimous decision on scores of 116-112, 115-112 and 115-113. Sykes makes successful second defence and restores reputation after 45 seconds loss to Gary Buckland in Prizefighter tournament. In a non-title fight Commonwealth champion Groves,22, solves southpaw stance of limited Ghanaian and floors him twice with rights in fourth to force stoppage. Now nine by KO/TKO for Groves. Pole Proksa,26, makes it 15 by KO/TKO as he kayos late sub Rae. Former Commonwealth champion Truscott keeps busy as he wins every round against Hungarian. Scores 60-55. Truscott also outpointed Nagy last September. Rosarito, Mexico: David De la Mora(22-0) W TKO 5 Victor Rodriguez (16-18). Bantam: Arturo Badillo (19-1) W TKO 7 Ricardo Armenta (12-8-1). Light Welter: Juan Pablo Lopez (19-0) W KO 2 Cris Chavez (21-17). De la Mora does not have it all his own way against Rodriguez De la Mora takes first two rounds, but then Rodriguez outboxes him over the next two. De la Mora brings the end in the fifth as drops Rodriguez with a right and although Rodriguez beats the count he is in no condition to continue. Now 15 by KO/TKO for 22-year-old De la Mora. For Rodriguez it is ten losses in a row, nine by KO/TKO. Also a rocky night for “Fuerte” Badillo. Has to climb off the floor in the second and overcome a bad cut on his left eyelid before stopping Armenta in seventh. Second win for Badillo since being halted by Colombian Ronald Barrera in April. Lopez marches on as he kayos experienced Chavez with a body shot in second. Now 18 by KO/TKO for the untested youngster. Guanajuato, Mexico:Light Welter: Jose Lopez ( 8-0-1) W PTS 12 Jhonny Navarette (17-5-1). “Piston” Lopez remained unbeaten and retained his interim WBC Fecombox title as he took a unanimous verdict over Navarette. The fast combination punching of Lopez gave him the edge over a tough opponent, whose only loss inside the distance has been to Canadian prospect Kevin Bizier. Navarette started the better, but hard rights from Lopez put him in command. Navarette came back to have Lopez hurt in the eighth and tenth, but he tired over the last two rounds and Lopez swept to victory. Lopez, who beat former WBC feather champion Cesar Soto in his last fight, takes it on scores of 117-111, 117-112 and 117-116. Additional Commonwealth Results:

March 4

Accra, Ghana:Middle: Aryee Ayittey W PTS 12 Mohammed Akrong. Welter: Ben Ankrah W TKO 4 Ed Bawa. Light: Bilal Mohammad W TKO 2 Albert Yeboah. Middle: Thomas Awinbono W TKO 3 Osumanu Adams. Super Feather: Samuel Kotey Neequaye W TKO 4 William Commey. Ayittey scores upset as he floors Akrong in ninth and wins Ghanaian title. Akrong also deducted a point in the eighth. Scores 118-112, 117-113 and 115-113. With the exception of Akrong all of the other losers were novices.

March 5

Nairobi, Kenya: Bantam: Emilio Norfat (10-1) W KO 3 Abdul Noor (0-2) Ten wins in a row for 22-year-old Norfat, but opposition very poor. Huddersfield, England: Light Welter: Tyrone Nurse (16-0) W PTS 6 Damian Owen (11-3). Super Bantam: Carl Frampton (9-0) W TKO 4 Oscar Chacin (13-15-1). Nurse 21 just edges out Owen by one point. Pity Nurse can’t punch. Only one stoppage win in 16 fights. Frampton, 24, managed by Barry McGuigan, looks a good prospect.